5 dead, 129 hurt in blast at Dombivli chemical factory
MUMBAI: Five people died and 129 others were injured in a blast at a chemical factory at MIDC area in Dombivli near Thane on Thursday. While the state government ordered a probe into the incident, it also plans to shift chemical factories out of Dombivli as they were proving to be a safety hazard for the residents.
According to witnesses, a boiler in the factory exploded around 11.30am leading to a major fire. More than five fire engines were rushed to the spot. The companies in the vicinity felt the vibrations, while locals said window panes of their homes were shattered. Fearing more blasts, many residents came out on the streets. The police. meanwhile, asked people in the area to wear masks as a precautionary measure, as many in the area complained of nausea.
Firefighters at the site of the incident in Dombivli.